Kelly Rotan recently completed her first season as an assistant coach for the Yale women's basketball program. Rotan joined the Yale University women’s basketball coaching staff in August 2011. After a successful playing career at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, Rotan spent the 2010-11 academic year working at Penn State University as a marketing coordinator in the athletic department, where she helped organize events, promotions and fundraising efforts for the basketball teams and other Olympic sports.
Rotan joined a Bulldog staff that was coming off of its first-ever appearance in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). She will assist in the development of the Bulldogs’ post players, as well as all facets of game preparation.
In her first season on Chris Gobrecht's staff, Rotan was instrumental in Yale's continued resurgence as a contender for the Ivy League championship, helping to guide the Bulldogs to a 16-10 record in 2011-12, the most wins in a season since 1993-94. Yale finished the season with an 8-6 mark in Ivy League play and went into the final game of the season with a chance to lock up second place in the Ivy League standings for a return to the WNIT.
During her time at Yale, Rotan coached two players who will compete on the international level in junior Megan Vasquez, who will attempt to help Puerto Rico qualify for the 2012 Olympics, and sophomore Janna Graf, who will compete for Germany's U-20 squad in the European Championships. Rotan's tenure also included Yale's 17th 1,000-point scorer in Vasquez, who reached the mark on Feb. 10, 2012.
In her first season at Yale, Rotan coached an All-Ivy League First Team honoree (Vasquez, 2011-12), an All-Ivy Rookie of the Year (Sarah Halejian, 2011-12), and an All-Ivy Honorable Mention player (Michelle Cashen, 2011-12).
Rotan joined the Bulldogs’ coaching staff after graduating from Juniata in 2010. She led the Eagles to an NCAA Division III appearance (2008) and two consecutive ECAC South Region Tournament appearances (2009, 2010), including the 2009 ECAC South Region Championship, which was the first postseason championship of any kind in the history of women’s basketball at Juniata. During that tournament, Rotan shot a stellar 13-for-16 from the field (81.3 percent) and averaged 9.3 points over the three games in the tournament.
Rotan, originally from Atco, N.J., averaged 8.2 points and 7.1 rebounds during her senior season while serving as Juniata’s team captain. Primarily a forward for the Eagles, Rotan scored 590 points and grabbed 465 rebounds during her career and helped Juniata earn three Landmark Conference postseason berths during her four seasons. She also earned a place on the Landmark Conference's All-Academic Team in 2010 and was a three-time Academic Honor Roll choice as a sports management major.